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  1. Updates on Wednesday 9 March 2016
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates to resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Our live coverage from across the day

    That's all for today. We return at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, weather and travel news for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. 

  2. Watch: BBC Midlands Today

    Mary Rhodes

    Presenter, BBC Midlands Today

    On tonight's BBC Midlands Today:

    - Seven schools in Worcestershire and others in the Midlands were closed following flooding

    - Worcester forward Donnacha O'Callaghan, who has won rugby's European Cup twice, has travelled the world to support the charity Unicef as it helps underprivileged children

    Join me at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Weather video: Rain easing tonight

    Cloud and patchy light rain and drizzle will continue to slowly ease tonight. Becoming mostly dry with light winds overnight. Lows of 4C (34F). 

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    Video caption: The weather for the West Midlands.
  4. Sajid Javid 'received no benefit' from scheme

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    The Supreme Court has ruled staff bonus schemes operated by two major international banks, Deutsche Bank and UBS, were set up to avoid tax. 

    The Bromsgrove MP and Business Secretary, Sajid Javid, who has spoken out against tax avoidance, was a member of one of the schemes when he worked at Deutsche Bank. 

    A spokesman for Mr Javid said he had received "no benefit whatsoever" from the scheme and had paid all due taxes.

  5. Mother facing costs bill over daughter's barking dog

    A mother is facing a legal costs bill running into tens of thousands of pounds after losing a court case over her grown-up daughter's barking dog. 

    The Court of Appeal has ruled Angela Waring, of Crickhowell, Powys, is jointly liable for the nuisance to neighbours caused by a pet terrier called Scally. 

    The court heard Mrs Waring had allowed her daughter to live in her Victorian cottage in Haywood Lane, Hereford, rent free. 

    The mother argued she should legally be regarded as her daughter's "landlord" but three appeal judges ruled she was liable because she was "in control of the property, notwithstanding that she did not live there". 

  6. Junior doctor strike numbers revealed by trust

    A total of 128 junior doctors are taking part in industrial action, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust says.

    Worcestershire Royal Hospital

    The trust, which includes Worcestershire Royal Hospital (above), says 34 surgical procedures and 271 appointments have been cancelled or rescheduled due to the strike action. 

    Quote Message: We would like to reassure patients that we have robust plans in place to ensure that appropriate care is delivered and the strike causes the least possible disruption for patients." from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
    Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  7. Woman locked in van for four hours

    A Worcester woman had to be rescued after she was locked in the back of her van for four hours in the dark while in a remote part of the UK making deliveries.

    Jamie McDonald

    Gemma Lloyd had climbed into the back of the van to get something when the wind blew the door closed behind her.

    She had no way of accessing the front of the van, there was no handle on the inside of the door and her phone was in the front. 

    Eventually she was rescued by Jamie McDonald (in cycle helmet), part of a group of student cyclists who were raising money for Comic Relief by cycling from Lands End to John O'Groats.

  8. Latest: Flood alerts in place; operations cancelled as doctors strike; Warriors injury blow

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we are looking at today:  

    - Three flood warnings and several flood alerts, including the rivers Avon and Stour in Worcestershire and the Frome in Herefordshire, are in place

    - About 150 junior doctors have been on strike in Herefordshire and Worcestershire today

    - Worcester Warriors' Dewald Potgieter is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury

  9. Redditch Advertiser front page: Hospice's fundraising choir 'disgusted' by venue charge

    Redditch Advertiser

    Here is this week's front page: A group which raises cash for the Primrose Hospice has accused Redditch Council of taking money set aside to help support people dying of cancer.

    Redditch & Alcester Advertiser
  10. Drivers urged to take care as flooding hits Chaddesley Corbett

    Kidderminster Shuttle

    This unfortunate motorist was in deep water this morning as flooding hit Chaddesley Corbett due to the heavy downpours.  

    Bromsgrove Road, Chaddesley Corbett
  11. Bromsgrove Advertiser front page: Distress at play centre's closure

    Bromsgrove Advertiser

    Here is this week's front page: Shock and upset has been expressed by residents across Bromsgrove after it was announced that the much-loved Imagination Street play facility is to shut its doors for the last time. 

    Bromsgrove Advertiser
  12. More Worcestershire roads closed

    More roads have been closed following flooding, including the A44 Bromyard Road, Worcester, and Farm Lane, South Littleton.

    Jubilee Bridge, Fladbury, is also shut.  

    Here is the updated list of roads closed.

  13. Roads reopened in Worcestershire

    Some roads are now open in Worcestershire after earlier flooding, the county council says.

    - May Lane, Wythall

    - Woodbury Lane, Norton, Worcester

    - Stocks Lane, Newland

    - Sherridge Road, Leigh Sinton

  14. Latest: Flood alerts in place; operations cancelled as doctors strike; Warriors injury blow

    BBC Hereford and Worcester

    Here are some of the stories we are looking at today:  

    - Two flood warnings and several flood alerts, including the rivers Avon and Stour in Worcestershire and the rivers Arrow and Frome in Herefordshire, are in place

    - About 400 operations and appointments have been cancelled or postponed today in Herefordshire and Worcestershire as junior doctors across the country walk out for their third strike

    - Worcester Warriors' Dewald Potgieter is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury

  15. Warriors' Potgieter likely to be out for rest of season

    Worcester Warriors' Dewald Potgieter, pictured playing for the Bulls, is likely to be out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.  

    Dewald Potgieter
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